Strutting their stuff: local businesses work together to choose five dishy finalists for modelling contest

2010-05-24 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Mr Café Vacca Matta competition showcased more than just the city’s finest on Friday night.

It also proved to be an opportunity for businesses in the area to work together.

Hirsch’s Pietermaritzburg, Café Vacca Matta and the Golden Horse Casino joined forces to find five strapping young men to represent the region in the provincial final, which is set for June 4 at Suncoast Casino in Durban.

The event, which saw 20 hopefuls strut their stuff, was a first for the city. “It is a really exciting thing,” said Café Vacca Matta manager Dinesh Ramadu. “Never before has there been something like this in Pietermaritzburg, and we are proud to be hosting it.”

The dance floor made for a makeshift runway, and the 20 contestants modelled smart casual wear and swimsuits for an excited crowd. With the promise of over R80 000 in cash and prizes, many contestants admitted to being nervous beforehand.

Judge and Hirsch’s representative Charlotte Janse van Rensburg said they were looking to find the “perfect ambassador for the city, who is confident and can carry themselves with pride”.

Janse van Rensburg added that such events are vital for the Pietermaritzburg business scene.

Nazley Mullah, acting marketing manager for the casino, said Café Vacca Matta is the perfect venue for the event. “We are so proud to be associated with this club, as it really embodies the level of entertainment we believe Pietermaritzburg should be experiencing.”

Hirsch’s and the Golden Horse Casino sponsored prizes for the event, and Lucy Hirsch will appear as a celebrity judge in the final.

At the end of the evening, Stefan Moon (18), Evasen Pillay (26), Domenick Peters (19), Cameron Sparg (18) and Keanu Robertse (18) were chosen to go on to the final. All five finalists pursue modelling careers in their spare time.

Moon, a Woodlands resident, said: “Pietermaritzburg models struggle to find a platform. We are expected to go to the bigger cities.”

Pillay, from central Pietermaritzburg, said: “It was been rewarding doing something I enjoy so much in my home town.”

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